Big Data Spokes: South Hub Submission Guidelines

Overview:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced a call for Big Data Spoke proposals through the program solicitation “Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes).” The South Big Data Hub is accepting requests for Letters of Collaboration from PIs in our region.

To read the program solicitation (NSF 17-546), visit the program solicitation page at NSF.gov.

For an overview of the program, visit the program page at NSF.gov.


Key Deadlines:

June 19, 2017: Deadline to request a letter of collaboration from the Big Data Hubs.

See the Submissions section below for more information about submitting your request. Proposals that receive letters of collaboration should then be sent to the host institution of the PI, which is responsible for selecting one to submit to the NSF. Per the solicitation:

An organization may participate as submitting organization (or, in the case of collaborative proposals, as the lead organization) for at most one proposal responsive to this solicitation.

Proposal submissions are limited to 1 per organization (except as non-lead in a collaborative proposal) to maintain a balanced geographic representation of the Regional Hubs and Spokes program and to increase diversity of participating institutions.

September 18, 2017: Deadline to submit full Spoke proposals to NSF, which must include a letter of collaboration from a Big Data Hub.


Submissions:

You may submit a request for a Letter of Collaboration from the South Big Data Hub at http://b.gatech.edu/2oTVVyy.

Proposals which do not fall within the South region, per the instructions below, should be submitted to the appropriate Big Data Hub via their websites, listed at the bottom of this page.

Process:

  1. Determine the Hub to which your project is associated. This is determined by the institution of the lead Principal Investigator. i.e. If the lead PI on a collaborative proposal is from Virginia Tech, the proposal would be submitted to the South Hub (no matter the locations of other collaborators).
MIDWEST: This region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
NORTHEAST: This region includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
SOUTH: This region includes Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
WEST: This region includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
  1. To request a Letter of Collaboration from the South Big Data Hub, fill out the form at http://b.gatech.edu/2oTVVyy

  2. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Hub reviews will focus on “fit and feasibility.” That is, we will consider how a given project fits or aligns with the thematic or priority areas of interest in our region, and how feasible the proposed coordination with the Hub is based on availability of resources. NSF priority areas listed in the Solicitation are welcome, but not limiting in the scope of projects that will be considered. In other words, all current Hub Spoke and Ring areas and suggestions for projects in new areas will also be welcome.


Please email info@southbdhub.org with any questions about submissions. Contact information for the other Big Data Hubs is provided below.

NSF BIGDATA and BDHubs Joint PI Meeting: a student’s perspective

Lucy D’Agostino McGowan

This post can also be found on Lucy’s blog

This summer I was funded by the South Big Data Hub’s DataStart program to intern at a local startup. Through this opportunity, I met the co-executive director Dr. Lea Shanely, who invited me to attend Hub’s annual Principal Investigator (PI) meeting if I agreed to blog about it (easy sell!). The goal of the 2017 Joint PI Meeting was to gather PIs who are funded through the NSF’s BIGDATA research program and Big Data Hubs and Spokes programs, along with industry and government invitees, to discuss current research, identify challenges, and examine promising opportunities and future directions of data research and education. Continue reading

Call for Proposals issued for May workshop on mobile health technologies

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The proposed workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of experts to understand the requirements, architectures, and approaches for mHealth CI. The workshop will explore existing research to understand: What is the state of the art in mHealth CI? How do these architectures deal with potential roadblocks, such as privacy, security, and ethics?

The South Hub and the NCDS would like to invite graduate students in mHealth to apply to participate in the workshop. Continue reading

Expert panelists to discuss bots, lies, and the new information environment

The explosion of social media, blogs, and websites purporting to be news sources, along with a 24-hour news cycle and ubiquitous assess to the internet from cell phones and other devices, means a new information environment. That environment is radically different from the days when we depended on the New York Times and local newspapers for information, and it is rewriting the norms of social interaction, conversation, public discourse, and news reporting.

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Chinese scientists get a taste of data-driven research at U.S. State Department-sponsored visit

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Chinese and American scientists take a break for a group photo during an afternoon of discussion on data analytics in environmental sciences.

Science, and the process of sharing scientific knowledge and ideas to solve problems, knows no national or political boundaries. That’s why when a group of Chinese scientists visited RENCI as guests of the South Big Data Hub, the discussion was lively, timely, and productive. Continue reading

Panel examines the role of data in public and environmental health

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Panelists and audience members participate in the South Big Data Hub roundtable on data analytics in environmental health both remotely and in person.

The South Big Data Hub Roundtable held on January 11 in Chapel Hill, NC, provided an open discussion forum with a focus on Translational Data Analytics for Environmental Health.

Ashok Krishnamurthy, PhD, moderated the discussion, which included panelists Andy May, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of civil, environmental, and geodetic engineering at The Ohio State University, Ayaz Hyder, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at Ohio State’s College of Public Health, David Peden, PhD,  a distinguished professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and Paul Kizakevich, PhD, a senior research engineer in the bioinformatics program at RTI International. Continue reading

A state of the union panel discussion on Apache Spark/Big Data innovation

img_0647On January 19, MetiStream hosted our meetup: The Washington DC Apache Spark Interactive and held a State of the Union Panel Discussion on Apache Spark Big Data Innovation. A fitting topic given the transition of power in Washington that happened the next day. We firmly believe that a consistent focus on big data powers innovation and keeps America strong and distinctive.Our technology meetups shepard this innovation by bringing the community together to learn and share knowledge, network, and find opportunities for our members. Yes, we may be a roomful of geeks…but this is what we do. This is fun for us! Continue reading

First Southern Data Science Conference comes to Atlanta April 7

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Register now at www.southerndatascience.com

The data science community and members of the South Big Data Hub should mark their calendars for the very first Southern Data Science Conference, to be held on April 7 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina. The conference is expected to attract data science thought leaders from around the southeast and the nation and will feature speakers from innovative companies and research laboratories, such as Google, Microsoft, AT&T, NASA, Glassdoor and Groupon. Continue reading